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PostSat Sep 18, 2021 6:34 pm 
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PostSat Sep 18, 2021 9:27 pm 
Thanks for the link--the photo of the firefighters wrapping General Sherman is a lot more impressive than the photos in the press just showing the tree with what looks like an insignificant (compared to the tree) amount of foil at its base.  Let's hope this works!

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PostSat Sep 18, 2021 9:43 pm 
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PostSun Sep 19, 2021 7:01 am 
This is the KNP Complex fire. Red paddle marker near top of the map is at the General Sherman tree. Red/black line is perimeter determined by infrared analyst from IR flight last night at 11:50pm.

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PostSun Sep 19, 2021 10:14 am 
Sequoia is a special place to me. In my NPS years I did quite a bit of work there and I've had some truly amazing experiences there. I was last there in May on weekdays and had some trails in the Giant Forest almost to myself; I saw as many bears as people. (Poor bears). The photo of the General Sherman tree made me emotional. Sorry about climate change, here's a bit of foil, good luck.

As everyone probably knows while fire was historically necessary, the intense fires of the past few years have led to significant sequoia mortality, and the fires are also destroying the cones, which means there are few seedlings able to grow. Good info on that here. https://www.nps.gov/articles/000/wildfires-kill-unprecedented-numbers-of-large-sequoia-trees.htm

From my May trip.


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PostSun Sep 19, 2021 10:28 am 
kiliki, that photo made me emotional as well. It just seemed to be a powerful story of time and place. My experience with the Sequoias was not major, but visits before we began hikes into Hamilton Lakes and points east.

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PostSun Sep 19, 2021 10:44 am 
Aren't sequoias one of those tree species who need fire in order for their seeds to be exposed and proliferate? I understand fires today burn hotter and longer than in the past, and it is a shame to lose the old giants. But fires don't burn hot across the board so maybe this fire is exactly what the sequoias need to thrive in other areas of the park that don't get completely scorched.

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PostSun Sep 19, 2021 3:28 pm 
Swetnam 1993 demonstrated that thirty years was the longest period without fire in any of five sequoia groves for more than 2,000 years. These fire scar records also show that many of these same groves have now experienced more than 100 years without fire under modern management policies (Swetnam 1993).

(* didn't even have to get very far into the document to find what I was looking for. *)

Nobody should be surprised by the current fire activity in any of the forests of the western half of the north American continent.

Enjoy 'em while you can. up.gif

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PostMon Sep 20, 2021 1:49 pm 
Also, weyco often has sequoia  seedlings for sale.  They grow well in Randle.  The ranger station's historically significant ccc  built shop was having problems with the planted by ccc sequoias, which were about six feet in diameter.  The foundation of the building was in danger.

The trees were felled.  There are still a couple left standing on the compound and they seem to be quite healthy.

I planted a few on my place there and they were happy with the site.  They aren't going extinct.

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PostMon Sep 20, 2021 1:51 pm 
The foil has a bit of insulation in it, I believe.

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